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Traffic split: Plan will reroute dismissal traffic at Bridgeport middle school

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, January 18, 2014

Parents picking up students from Bridgeport Middle School will notice a few changes beginning Tuesday – the first day of the second semester.

The BMS Community Problem Solvers class will implement a student-devised, “new and improved” traffic flow plan to alleviate the congestion of cars during dismissal.

As part of the plan, buses will be delayed about five minutes. Sixth- and seventh-graders will be picked up on the straightaway in front of the school, dubbed “67 Straight.”

Eighth-grade students, the largest of the three classes at BMS, will be picked up on the bus loop in front of the gym, aptly named “Loop 8.”

Parents of more than one BMS student can pick up their children at the location for the oldest student.

“We came up with this resolution by drawing a map of the school and streets within a quarter-mile radius, and we talked and brainstormed and eventually came up with the split/delay plan,” seventh-grader Bryson Morrow said. “I think it will be effective because this is splitting up all the traffic because not all grades get picked up in 67 straight, and it takes forever to get to your vehicle. Now all the congestion will reduce, and we will get out of the school zone faster.”

Students will be on hand to implement the plan Tuesday. They will review its effectiveness and make the necessary changes, if needed.

All of their progress will be documented in a rigidly-structured six-page paper, scrapbook and public service announcement, which will be submitted next month to be judged in the Texas Future Problem Solving competition.

As part of the advanced-level elective course, students entered the competition, which requires students to identify an issue – local, state or national – and develop and implement an action plan to address it.

Top entries advance to the state and national level.

“Expedite is the key word,” said sixth-grader Lane Whitsell. “We want to make traffic flow faster so that kids can get in and out of here faster.”

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